SistersWithBeauty was first introduced to Evita Robinson, owner/creator of Nomadness Travel TV website, while emailing all of the speakers at the Blogging While Brown Conference (BWB) SWB attended in June 2013. After sending an introduction email it was very clear, Evita wasn’t your regular successful blogger turned business owner. She came off relatable, real, open, and funny; all with her reply to my email. Evita said “I’ll be the one with the crazy curly hair Please introduce yourself. See you this weekend”. A simple one liner, but it held so much more than I think I understood at the time. Butterfly Evita is very comfortable with herself and her presence. After officially meeting her at BWB, I knew we were destined to speak well after the dust on the conference had settled. Come on this journey as we discover exactly what it means to be full with Nomadness thoughts and curls.
SWB: Who is Evita Robinson? and tell us something interesting about you.
ER: I’m a risk taker, an entrepreneur, a really feisty chic, Dreamer, relentless and unwavering passionate person. I’m someone who is emotional. I’m an artist before a business woman, a visionary. The sum of all components makes me the face of my brand. I’ve been super tenacious with blind faith. Nomadness is the vehicle for my dreams and I’m just going for them. Something interesting about me is that I’ve been to 3 world wonders.
SWB: What sparked your interest in traveling? How did you come up with Nomadness?
ER: Nomadness, started off as tribal web series. While living abroad in Japan for a year, in about 10 months of me living there, I realized no one was going to visit me. I decided to bring experiences to family and friends back home. So, I began documenting my life. I dropped the 1st video in 2010, then just kept going. Nomadness Tribe was created September of 2011. I wanted to find a community of people and when I couldn’t find them, I decided to create my own and it just took off from there.
SWB: Have you always been natural? What is your hair story?
ER: I was not always natural. I have my dad’s hair. My mother comes from mixed backgrounds. My mother’s hair is bone straight, jet black. I was permed young, which was cool but by middle school I wanted to take responsibility for my hair. There was a lot of gel and baby hairs in my past, that’s all I’ll say. It took me until college after experimenting with color extensively, that resulted in me going into the bathroom and chopping all of my hair off. Ever since that moment, I’ve been working to grow my hair out. All of my friends are natural now and I’m finding it very easy. I’ve found products that I feel work for my hair the best and I’m attached to them like glue.
SWB: What’s the worst thing to travel with in your bag in regards to hair products?
ER: Anything that’s not space efficient. Something that I can’t condence. I buy 3 ounce bottles. Anything I can’t condence is a real pain. I fly standby a lot and they will trash just about everything I try to bring. If I can’t get the product in a 3 ouch bottle, it just calls for a bad travel day.
SWB: How much of the world have you seen?
ER: 14 Countries, living in Asia (between Japan and Thailand) Paris. Asia and Western Europe, It’s an easy transition, it’s a lot cleaner, I’ve been all around this area. I’ve done an RV across the states, Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans, Roswell, Vegas, LA (Cinco De Mayo).
SWB: What are your go to products while traveling?
SWB: What’s the craziest thing you and the Tribe have done while on a trip?
ER: Well we ran with the bulls last year (2012) and were going back to run with the bulls again this year. By far this is the craziest.
SWB: What’s your best advice for a naturals traveling overseas?
ER: Make sure you have as much as you need for as long as you need. If you’re going to a place that’s hot, you need to make sure your moisture game is on point. Some countries you may be able to find a store comparable to the states, but really you need to pack up and be aware of the weather.
SWB: Have you ever had to sacrifice hair products while traveling? What’s your best advice to traveling naturals?
ER: I was in Japan for a year, are you kidding me. Japan doesn’t have anything for us. A lot of my girlfriends in Japan were a part of the hip-hop lifestyle. My care packages from home would be all hair products. In regards to advice, make sure you have as much as you need in your hair products for as long as you need. And if you’re going to a hot climate, you need to make sure your moisture game is ON POINT. The water, air, and climate can do your hair and skin in. You may not be in a location that leans towards having alternate products comparable to what you’re use to in the states. Having your hair in protective styles (i.e. Braids, twists, updos) they are a great alternative for people.
SWB: Considering you are well-traveled this answer might be hard. What is your favorite place to travel, live, and get away. These don’t all have to be the same place either, but you must tell us why they are your favorite.
ER: This is what I meant when I said, “Some of your questions were difficult to answer”. But I’ll try to do my best. Here goes nothing.
Place to Live: Bali
Reason: Tourism, cheapest country to live in, beautiful
Get Away: Bali
Reason: I simply love it
Travel: #1 Greece #2 India #3 Egypt
Favorite: Japan, it’s like my second home. I wouldn’t live there but I love it.
SWB: Lastly, tell us where you’re off to next, how can the SistersWithBeauty Butterflies help the Nomadness tribe movement? or become a tribe member?
ER: Spain in July. Taking a day trip in Barcelona to run with the bulls. Tokyo in the end of Aug. Costa Rica in Nov, then Bali is at the end of December to Jan. Anyone interested in becoming a Nomadness Tribe Member can go to the Nomadness Travel Tribe Facebook Fan page. I look forward to seeing your requests.
Butterfly Evie is the coolest. We ended up chatting way beyond this interview. I received so much encouragement to become a part of the Nomadness Travel Tribe and try my best to go on one of their upcoming trips. Evie is on a path all her own. She doesn’t do rules, she makes them and that’s my type of Butterfly. If you’ve been itching to try something new but fear compels you, become a Nomadness Travel Tribe member and wait as those fears become your discoveries. I’m already looking at my passport for a stamp come January 14. Something tells me I’ll see Butterfly Evie on a Nomadness trip soon. But just to let you know before hand, I’m not running with the bulls. I’ll be the one taking all of the pictures. Go on Evie, with your Nomadness self.
Living in the light.
Diana (Head Curl in Charge)